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Arminia Bielefeld
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Full name Deutscher Sport-Club Arminia Bielefeld
Nickname(s) Die Arminen, Die Blauen
Founded 3 May 1905 as 1. Bielefelder FC Arminia
Ground Bielefelder Alm
(Capacity: 27,300)
Chairman vacant
Manager Frank Eulberg (caretaker)
League 2. Bundesliga
2008–09 Bundesliga, 18th (relegated)
Home colours
Away colours
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Third colours

DSC Arminia Bielefeld (full name: Deutscher Sportclub Arminia Bielefeld e. V.; also known as "Die Arminen" or "Die Blauen" is a German sports club from Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia. Arminia offers the sports of Football, Field hockey, Figure skating and Cue sports. The club has 11,394 members and the club colours are black, white and blue. Arminia‘s name derives from the Cheruscian chieftain Arminius, who defeated a Roman army in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.

The club is most commonly known for its professional football team which plays in the 2. Bundesliga. Due to their numerous promotions and relegations, they are considered as a yo-yo club. They won promotion to the Bundesliga seven times which is a German record. In 1971, the club played a key role in the Bundesliga scandal when they bribed their opponents.

Arminia plays their home games at the Bielefelder Alm stadium since 1926. Since 2004 the stadium has been named SchücoArena through a sponsorship deal.

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History

Logo of founding side 1. FC Arminia Bielefeld.

Arminia Bielefeld was founded on 3 May 1905 as 1. Bielefelder FC Arminia.[1] The fourteen men who founded the club were from the local bourgeoise. Two weeks later, the club played its first match against a side from Osnabrück. Neither the name of the opponent nor the result are known. The club was admitted to the DFB in the same year. In 1907, local rivals FC Siegfried joined Arminia, a move which strengthened Arminia‘s squad.[2]

After playing on various grounds, Arminia moved to a new home at the Pottenau in 1910. Their first big achievement came in 1913, when they won the Westphalian championship after a 5-1 win over BV 04 Dortmund.[3] The outbreak of World War I interrupted Arminia rise to the top. In 1919, Arminia merged with Bielefelder Turngemeinde 1848 to form TG Arminia Bielefeld. However, the merged broke up in 1922 and both parent clubs were formed again.

Arminia won the West German championship in 1922. Originally, they were even on points with Kölner BC 01, but Köln fielded an ineligible player in one match. Arminia played played for the first time in the German championships but were eliminated in the quarter-finals after losing 0-5 to FC Wacker München. In 1923, Arminia won their second West German championship in a dramatic way. They trailed TuRU Düsseldorf 1-3 at half time of the final, but came from behind to win 4-3 after extra time. Arminia faced Union Oberschöneweide in the quarter-finals of the German championships. The match ended goalless, so a replay was held. Arminia led 1-0 and suffered the equalizer in injury time. The Berlin side won the match after extra time.[4] Walter Claus-Oehler became Arminia‘s first player to win a cap in the German national team. Arminia won further Westphalian titles from 1924 to 1927 but were unable to repeat their success in the West German championships. On 30 January 1926, the club took its current name Deutscher Sportclub Arminia Bielefeld. Their next piece of silverware was won in 1932 with a triumph in the Westphalian cup.

In 1933, Arminia qualified for the Gauliga Westfalen,[5] from which they were relegated after the inaugural season. Three attempts of gaining promotion failed before their return to the top flight was won in 1938. Their best performance in the Gauliga was the 1939-40 campaign, where Arminia finished second. Two years later, Arminia was one only two teams to win a match at Schalke 04. On 25 July 1943 Arminia merged with local rivals VfB 03 Bielefeld. The merger finshed the 1943-44 season on the last place.

After World War II, a new league with all teams who competed in the Gauliga Westfalen was formed. Arminia were relegated and failed to win repromotion. In 1947-48, Arminia were a third division side for the first time in their history. After a dominating season in the Bezirksklasse, Arminia was deducted 14 points because they fielded an ineligible player.[6] The next season was already under way when the Landesliga (II) was expanded by two teams. Arminia took their chance, won the league and gained promotion to the Oberliga West.[7]

The dream lasted for only a year. Arminia beat Schalke 04 4-2 at home but finshed only second from the bottom.[8] In 1954, Arminia were relegated to the third division. It took eight years before Arminia were a second division side again. They struggled to finish on seventh place to secure a spot in the newly formed Regionalliga West.[9]

Arminia finished their first seasons in mid-table. In 1966, Arminia beat Alemannia Aachen to claim the West German cup for the first time. A year later, forward Ernst Kuster joined the team and went on to become the club‘s all-time leading goal scorer. A 0-1 loss to Wuppertaler SV on the last day of the 1966–67 season held Arminia to enter the Bundesliga promotion play-offs.[10] Arminia were runners-up in the 1969–70 season and won promotion to the Bundesliga after a 2-0 win at Tennis Borussia Berlin in the play-offs.

The team had a poor start in their first Bundesliga season and seemed to be doomed when they started to bribe their opponents. The first fixed match was Arminia‘s 1-0 win at Schalke 04. Arminia also bribed VfB Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin. Bielefeld finished 14th and started their preparations for the next season when the scandal was unveiled. Arminia was allowed to play the 71–72 season but were forced to relegate to the Regionalliga. Arminia struggled in the following seasons, but were good enough to be appointed to the newly formed 2. Fußball-Bundesliga in 1974.

After two season in mid-table, Arminia had good chances of returning to the Bundesliga in 1976–77 but they finished only as runner-up behind FC St. Pauli. They faced 1860 Munich in a two-legged play-off whose winner would win promotion to the top flight. Arminia won the first match at home 4-0, but lost the second leg in Munich 0-4. A third match had to played in Frankfurt which Munich won 2-0.[11]

The team was shocked but bounced back to win promotion in 1977–78. Arminia started well and on 10 March 1979, they won 4-0 at Bayern Munich.[12] However, Arminia were hit by a slump and were relegated again. The club managed to keep the team together and bounced back after a record-breaking year. They won 30 of 38 matches, scored 120 goals, had a 28 matches unbeaten streak and set a league record by beating Arminia Hannover 11-0.[13]

Arminia struggled to avoid relegation and managed to stay in the Bundesliga for five years, including two finishes on eighth place in 1982–83 and 1983–84. An ugly event shocked Germany when Werder Bremen defender Norbert Siegmann slashed Ewald Lienen‘s right thigh during a match.[14] The success on the pitch did not prevent the club from suffering declining attendances which enlarged the financial problems. In 1984–85, Arminia finished third from the bottom and lost the relegation play-offs against 1. FC Saarbrücken.

The team failed to gain re-promotion and in the fall of 1987, Arminia had debts of 4.5 million Mark. The result was a last place finish in 1987–88. Ernst Middendorp became the new manager and assembled a young team for the new season. Arminia led the way in the Oberliga Westfalen but finished only second in 1988–89. They won the Oberliga a year later, but failed in the promotion play-offs to VfB Oldenburg and TSV Havelse. Four dismal years followed in which the team started well but were unable to compete for the championship.

In the spring of 1994, Arminia created a relatively large media buzz by signing veteran Bundesliga players like Thomas von Heesen, Armin Eck and Fritz Walter. Arminia struggled at first but went on the become champions of the newly formed Regionalliga West/Südwest and runners-up in the Second Bundesliga 1995–96. Arminia signed Stefan Kuntz for the Bundesliga season 1996–97, their first in 11 years and finished on 14th position.

The club wrote German football history by signing Iranian players Ali Daei and Karim Bagheri. However, after a poor run after the winter break, Arminia were relegated. They bounced back by winning the 1998–99 season. Bruno Labbadia became the league‘s top scorer with 28 goals. The club suffered from financial problems and entered the 1999–2000 season with a smaller budget. Relegation followed again after the team became the third team in Bundesliga history to lose ten matches in a row.

Arminia struggled against relegation again the next season and avoided to drop into the Regionalliga in close season. Their fortunes turned around and Arminia won their sixth promotion to the Bundesliga in 2001–02 with Artur Wichniarek scoring 18 goals. Arminia were almost saved the next year but a slump with only two points out of the last six matches sealed relegation again.

The team bounced back again in 2003/04 and were able to stay in the top flight until 2009. Arminia reached the semi-finals of the German cup in 2005 and 2006. Arminia played their fifth consecutive Bundesliga season in 2008–09. They finished last and were relegated to the Second Bundesliga.

Colours and crest

Arminia‘s current third kit

Arminia took the club colours blue, white and black upon their foundation in 1905. The colours haven‘t changed though the current club colours are black, white and blue. Despite of this, Arminia played their first match in an orange kit. Arminia‘s home kit was blue for most of the time while shorts and socks were white. The team that won promotion to the Bundesliga in 1970 wore a blue shirt with thick white stripes. The current home kit is blue with a white hoop, black shorts and white socks. The away kit was mostly all white while green shirts were worn in the 1990s. Currently the away kit consists of a white shirt, white shorts and black socks. Their third kit is entirely maroon and is being used if their other kits clash with the kit of the other teams.

The crest consists of a flag with the club‘s colours black, white and blue from left to right. The white part of the flag includes the letter A for Arminia. The flag is surrounded by a wreath of oak.

Stadium

The new eastern stand.

Arminia played their first home matches at the Kesselbrink in downtown Bielefeld. They moved to a new ground at the Kaiserstraße (today: August-Bebel-Straße) in 1907 and to the Pottenau in 1910. In 1926, Arminia leased a ground from a farmer named Lohmann. The ground didn‘t look like a football pitch. The club member Heinrich Pahl said that the area looks like an Alm (German for alpine grassland). The stadium was known as the Alm. Arminia played its first match against Victoria Hamburg on 1 May 1926. The first grandstands were constructed in 1954. When Arminia won promotion to the Bundesliga in 1970, the Alm underwent a genereal development. A main stand with seats was built and the northern and eastern stands were enlarged. The Alm had a capacity of 30,000 and floodlights were installed. In 1978, a roof was added to the main stands and the other stands were enlarged again. The stadium had a capacity of 35,000 then.

When Arminia was relegated to the Oberliga in 1988, the northern and the southern stand were torn down because both stands didn‘t match the new safety regulations. The eastern stand was also made smaller and a roof was added. The capacity was reduced to about 15,000. After Arminia won promotion to the Bundesliga in 1996, the main and northern stands were demolished and completely rebuilt. The same happened to the south stand in 1999. In 2004, Arminia signed a sponsorship deal with Schüco and the stadium was named SchücoArena. The latest redevelopment saw the eastern stand being rebuilt in 2008.

The Bielefelder Alm has a capacity of 28,008, including 20,381 seats.[15] Bielefelder Alm is a candidate to host matches of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Supporters

Arminia have a large number of loyal supporters. The average attendance was just above 20,000 in recent seasons. In 2007–08, Arminia had an average of 21,535 which was the third lowest in the league. The core of the fans can be found on the terraces of the Southern Stand.

Arminia‘s fans come primarely from the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region with a catchment area of about 100 kilometers around Bielefeld. There are around 100 fanclubs, mostly from Ostwestfalen-Lippe. However, there are fanclubs in Berlin, Stuttgart, London, Birmingham, Taunton, Austria and the Netherlands.

Players

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 South Africa GK Rowen Fernández
2 Germany DF Markus Schuler
3 Germany DF Markus Bollmann
5 Germany MF Rüdiger Kauf (captain)
6 Germany DF Nils Fischer
7 Denmark MF Kasper Risgård
8 Italy MF Giovanni Federico
9 Czech Republic FW Pavel Fort
10 Zambia FW Chris Katongo
13 Germany MF Oliver Kirch
14 Denmark MF Jonas Kamper
15 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Zlatko Janjić
16 Croatia DF Andre Mijatović
17 Germany DF Maik Rodenberg
No. Position Player
18 Albania MF Besart Berisha
19 Poland MF Michael Delura
20 Netherlands DF Michael Lamey
21 Germany GK Niklas Hartmann
22 Germany GK Dennis Eilhoff
23 Germany FW Thilo Versick
24 Germany FW Daniel Halfar
25 Venezuela FW Christian Santos
26 Togo DF Assimiou Touré
27 Germany MF Arne Feick
28 Austria FW Dominik Rotter
29 Côte d'Ivoire MF Franck Manga Guela
30 Scotland MF Kevin Kerr
31 Czech Republic DF Radim Kučera
40 Germany GK Patrick Platins

Arminia Bielefeld II squad

As of 5 January 2009 (2009 -01-05)

Manager: Germany Armin Perrey

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Germany MF Konstantin Beckmann
3 Germany DF Michael Hohnstedt
4 Germany DF Carsten Rump
5 Germany DF Julian Stöckner
6 Germany DF André Kording
7 Germany MF Janos Bluhm
8 Scotland MF Kevin Kerr
9 Germany FW Matthias Haeder
10 Turkey MF Altan Arslan
11 Germany FW Christian Santos
13 Germany DF Joschka Matys
14 Ghana DF Marcel Appiah
No. Position Player
15 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Zlatko Janjić
16 Turkey FW Suat Bas
17 Germany DF Maik Rodenberg
19 Germany DF Christopher Heermann
20 Germany MF Heiko Weber
21 Germany GK Niklas Hartmann
22 Germany GK Markus Grygiel
22 Turkey FW Hasan Fidan
23 Germany FW Thilo Versick
28 Germany GK Daniel Riemer
31 Hungary FW Szabolcs Péter Veréb

100 Year Team

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the club's formation fans were polled to find Arminia's greatest ever team. The following players were chosen:[16]

Manager - Ernst Middendorp

Statistics and records

Honours

Even though Arminia Bielefeld never won any major trophies, they have won some silverware on a minor level.[17]

League titles

Regional titles

Cups

  • West German cup winner:
    • Winners (2): 1966, 1974
  • Westphalian cup winner:
    • Winners (2): 1908, 1932

Former coaches

Coach Nationality from to Significant events
Frantisek Zoubec
Czechoslovakia
1922 1923 Westgerman Champion 1923
Gerd Wellhöfer
Germany
1923 1924 Westfalen Champion 1924
Frantisek Zoubec
Gerd Wellhöfer
Czechoslovakia
Germany
1924 1925 Westfalen Champion 1925
Gerd Wellhöfer
Germany
1925 1926 Westfalen Champion 1926
Frantisek Zoubec
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg
1926 1933 Westfalen Champion 1923, 1933
Westfälischer Cup Winner 1932
Qualification to the Gauliga Westfalen 1933
Otto Faist
Germany
1933 1935 Abstieg aus der Gauliga 1934
Wellnecker
Germany
1935 1938 Climbing in the Gauliga 1938
Erich Brochmeyer
Germany
1938 1939
Ferdinand Swatosch
Austria
1939 1940 Vice Champion o the Gauliga
Otto Kranefeld[18]
Germany
1940 1942
Karl Wunderlich
Germany
1942 1945
Erich Brochmeyer
Germany
1945 1946 Relegation to the Landesliga
Ferdinand Swatosch
Austria
1946 1947
Karl Wunderlich
Germany
1947 1948 Climbing in the Landesliga
Alois Münstermann
Germany
1948 1949 Climbing in the Oberliga
Friedrich Otto
Germany
1949 1950 Relegation to the 2. Liga West
Fritz Kaiser
Germany
1950 1951
Hellmut Meidt
Germany
1951 1953
Donndorf
Germany
1953 1955 Relegation to the Landesliga 1954
Otto Westphal
Germany
1955 1958
Arthur Gruber
Germany
1958 19.03.1961 first Coach sacking
Jupp Rasselnberg
Germany
20.03.1961 1961
Jakob Wimmer
Germany
1961 April 1963 Climbing in the 2. Liga West 1962
Hellmut Meidt
Germany
April 1963 1965 Qualification to the Regionalliga 1963
Robert Gebhardt
Germany
1965 1966 Westdeutscher Cup Winner
Westfälischer Cup Winner
Hans Wendtland
Germany
1966 November 1969
Egon Piechaczek
Poland
November 1969 December 1971 Climbing in the Bundesliga 1970
Hellmut Meidt
Germany
January 1972 January 1972
Jan Notermans
Netherlands
February 1972 October 1972 Relegation to the Regionalliga
Willi Nolting
Germany
October 1972 February 1973
Norbert Lessle
Germany
February 1973 September 1973
H. Garstecki
Germany
September 1973 October 1973
Willi Nolting
Germany
October 1973 Januar 1974
Rudi Faßnacht
Germany
January 1974 1974 Qualification to the 2. Bundesliga
Westfälischer Cup Winner
Erhard Ahmann
Germany
1974 1976
Karl-Heinz Feldkamp
Germany
1976 1978 Climbing in the Bundesliga
Milovan Beljin
Yugoslavia
1978 October 1978
Otto Rehhagel
Germany
October 1978 October 1979 Relegation to the 2. Bundesliga 1978
Willi Nolting
Germany
October 1979 October 1979
Hans-Dieter Tippenhauer
Germany
October 1979 September 1980 Climbing in the Bundesliga
Willi Nolting
Germany
September 1980 December 1980
Horst Franz
Germany
December 1980 1982
Horst Köppel
Germany
1982 1983 Place 8 in the Bundesliga
Karl-Heinz Feldkamp
Germany
1983 March 1984
Gerd Roggensack
Germany
March 1984 February 1986 Platz 8 in der Bundesliga 1984
Relegation to the 2. Bundesliga 1985
Horst Franz
Germany
February 1986 November 1986
Fritz Fuchs
Germany
November 1986 December 1987
Joachim Krug
Germany
December 1987 April 1988
Ernst Middendorp
Germany
April 1988 October 1990 Relegation to the Oberliga 1988
Champion of the Oberliga Westfalen 1990
Franz Raschid
Germany
October 1990 1991
Fritz Grösche
Germany
1991 1992
Ingo Peter
Germany
1992 February 1994
Theo Schneider
Germany
February 1994 1994 Qualification for the Regionalliga West/Südwest
Wolfgang Sidka
Germany
1994 September 1994
Ernst Middendorp
Germany
September 1994 16.08.1998 Climbing in the 2. Bundesliga 1995
Climbing in the Bundesliga 1996
Relegation to the 2. Bundesliga
Thomas von Heesen
Germany
17.08.1998 1999 Climbing in the Bundesliga
Hermann Gerland
Germany
1999 October 2000 Relegation to the 2. Bundesliga
Benno Möhlmann
Germany
October 2000 16.02.2004 Climbing in the Bundesliga
Relegation to the 2. Bundesliga
Thomas von Heesen
Germany
17.02.2004 29.02.2004
Uwe Rapolder
Germany
01.03.2004 10.05.2005 Climbing to the Bundesliga
Frank Geideck
Germany
11.05.2005 2005
Thomas von Heesen
Germany
2005 11.02.2007
Frank Geideck
Germany
11.02.2007 13.03.2007
Ernst Middendorp
Germany
14.03.2007 09.12.2007
Detlev Dammeier
Germany
10.12.2007 31.12.2007
Michael Frontzeck
Germany
01.01.2008 17.05.2009
Jörg Berger
Germany
19.05.2009 - Relegation to the 2. Bundesliga
Thomas Gerstner
Germany
24.06.2009 11.03.2010
Frank Eulberg and Jörg Böhme
Germany
11.03.2010

Notable chairmen

  • Hans-Hermann Schwick

References

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  2. ^ Kirschneck, Uhlig u. a.. Arminia Bielefeld - 100 Jahre Leidenschaft. p. 20. 
  3. ^ Kirschneck, Uhlig u. a.. Arminia Bielefeld - 100 Jahre Leidenschaft. p. 22. 
  4. ^ Kirschneck, Uhlig u. a.. Arminia Bielefeld - 100 Jahre Leidenschaft. p. 28. 
  5. ^ Kirschneck, Uhlig u. a.. Arminia Bielefeld - 100 Jahre Leidenschaft. p. 31. 
  6. ^ Kirschneck, Uhlig u. a.. Arminia Bielefeld - 100 Jahre Leidenschaft. p. 50. 
  7. ^ Kirschneck, Uhlig u. a.. Arminia Bielefeld - 100 Jahre Leidenschaft. p. 51. 
  8. ^ Kirschneck, Uhlig u. a.. Arminia Bielefeld - 100 Jahre Leidenschaft. p. 52. 
  9. ^ Kirschneck, Uhlig u. a.. Arminia Bielefeld - 100 Jahre Leidenschaft. p. 58. 
  10. ^ Kirschneck, Uhlig u. a.. Arminia Bielefeld - 100 Jahre Leidenschaft. p. 60. 
  11. ^ Kirschneck, Uhlig u. a.. Arminia Bielefeld - 100 Jahre Leidenschaft. p. 79. 
  12. ^ "Spielstatistik FC Bayern München - Arminia Bielefeld 0:4 (0:2)" (in german). Fussballdaten. http://www.fussballdaten.de/bundesliga/1979/22/bmuenchen-bielefeld/. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  13. ^ "Tabelle der 2. Bundesliga Nord 1979–80 nach dem 38.Spieltag" (in german). Fussballdaten. http://www.fussballdaten.de/zweiteliga/nord/1980/. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  14. ^ "Die Jahre danach waren nicht einfach" (in german). Tagesspiegel. http://www.tagesspiegel.de/sport/;art272,1915861. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  15. ^ "Die SchücoArena" (in german). Arminia Bielefeld. http://www.arminia-bielefeld.de/stadion.html. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  16. ^ "Arminia Bielefeld". www.abseits-soccer.com. http://www.abseits-soccer.com/clubs/bielefeld.html. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  17. ^ "Daten & Statistik". Arminia Bielefeld. http://www.arminia-bielefeld.de/index.php?id=102. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  18. ^ als Playercoach

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